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Crystal Palace 1 Wolves 1 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves grab a late leveller to draw 1-1 at Crystal Palace.

Raul Jimenez holds off Jeffrey Schlupp (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Made two crucial stops to keep it at 1-0 before Wolves levelled deep into added-on time, keeping out Benteke and Schlupp. The Belgian waited and tried to get the keeper to commit, but he stood firm. And for Schlupp’s chance, Patricio closed down the angle brilliantly. 8

Willy Boly

Boly, interestingly, played on the right of the back three and did bring the ball out of defence well. In the same breath, and understandably given he plays on the left usually, he was caught out a couple of times – most notably by Kouyate in the build-up to the opener. 6

Conor Coady

Coady, without Neves dropping so deep to get on the ball, was able to play those trademark cross-field passes more, although they did not always come off. Defensively, he was a lot better than against Chelsea. He is still not at his best, though. 6

Romain Saiss

Big call by Nuno to play him in defence, with Bennett left out of the squad for a second Premier League game in a row. He started well enough and had a solid first half. Lost his head in the second, though, and got sent off for two bookings – both fouls on Zaha. 3

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Matt Doherty

Showed good attacking intent as he got on the end of a Jimenez cross, only to be denied by a wonderful Guaita save. He then looked to put the final touch on an inviting delivery from Moutinho, but could not make the required contact. Tired and was then substituted. 6

Leander Dendoncker

Was unlucky to be denied by a fantastic McArthur block early on. Other than that, he kept running until the end but was often guilty of losing possession in the middle of the park. Has not looked sharp for a number of weeks now and looks like he could do with a rest. 5

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Joao Moutinho

The man who is understood to be in advanced talks over a new contract was the one starting off Wolves attacks and he put a number of tempting balls into the box. Linked up well with those around him and did not shy away from the physical test against Kouyate. 7

Jonny Castro Otto

Got forward well and put in one or two decent crosses from the left flank, although his end product could still be better. Defensively, Zaha had the beating of him the more the game went on, but deserves some credit for keeping his cool against him, unlike Saiss. 6

Adama Traore

Was doubled up by van Aanholt and Schlupp in the first half and found it tough early on, but battled through and managed to impose his will in the end. His cross resulted in Ward slipping and Jota getting the all-important equaliser in second-half stoppage-time. 7

Raul Jimenez

Did not score, looked fatigued, and the closest he went was an acrobatic flick which was comfortably gathered by Guaita. But his link-up play with Jota, at times, was very good. Would have had an assist to his name had Guaita not superbly kept out Doherty. 6

Diogo Jota

Jota has a lot of talent, and he is as tenacious as they come. Kept asking questions of Palace and got his reward, clinching what could prove to be a massive point in Wolves’ season. Was not the hardest of chances, but you have still got to put it away. 8

Subs

Ruben Neves (for Doherty, 58)

Did not really make his presence felt. 5

Pedro Neto (for Dendoncker, 65)

Did not see much of the ball. 5

Patrick Cutrone (for Jimenez, 76)

Only had a few touches. 5

Not used: Ruddy (gk), Vallejo, Vinagre, Gibbs-White

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.

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